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Captains pound Lugnuts 11-5  
(LANSING, MI) – The Lake County Captains hit multiple home runs in a game for the first time this year, en route to an 11-5 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday at Cooley Law School Stadium. Martin Cervenka hit a three-run home run and Anthony Miller hit a solo homer for his second long ball of the series, as the Captains scored 11 runs in the first three innings.

Lake County’s offense picked up where it left off on Saturday. After a 12-0 win the previous day, the Captains jumped on Lansing with four runs in the first inning on Sunday. Cervenka drove in the first two runs of the game with a two-run single. Shortly thereafter, Connor Marabell drove in Cervenka with a single and Silento Sayles beat out a double play ball to allow Yonathan Mendoza to score.

Already leading 4-0, the Captains rallied again in the second. Lake County loaded the bases against Lansing starter Tayler Saucedo on a hit-by-pitch, a double and a walk. Tyler Krieger then hit a soft ground ball to second base that would have scored one run, but after the ball rolled through the legs of Lane Thomas, two Captains came home to give Lake County a 6-0 lead. Right after the error, Cervenka blasted a three-run homer over the left field wall. Cervenka had five RBI in the first two innings and Lake County took a quick 9-0 lead.

The Lugnuts scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI triple by Josh Almonte and a sacrifice fly by Carl Wise, but the Captains added two more runs in the third. With one out, Miller hit a high fly ball to dead center field that just barely cleared the yellow line over the high wall for a solo home run. Krieger contributed an RBI single later in the inning that scored Nate Winfrey and the Captains took an 11-2 advantage.

 Lake County did not score again after the offensive outbreak in the first three innings. The Lugnuts hit a pair of home runs in the latter stages of the game against Brock Hartson, but never posed a threat to the Captains’ lead. Andrew Guillotte hit a two run homer in the sixth and switch-hitter Juan Kelly hit a solo shot from the left side of the plate in the seventh.

Captains starter Sam Hentges only pitched three innings and did not factor in the decision. The southpaw allowed two runs on four hits. Hentges walked three, hit a batter and struck out five. Dominic DeMasi earned the win, pitching one scoreless inning of relief in the fourth. DeMasi (3-0) gave up one hit and struck out two. He now leads the Captains in wins.

Saucedo (0-3) took the loss for the Lugnuts. He gave up all 11 Captains runs, eight earned, over just 2.1 innings. Saucedo gave up eight hits, walked three, hit a batter and did not record a strikeout.

The Captains split the four-game series with Lansing and finished the seven-game road trip in Michigan, 4-3. Lake County still remains atop the Eastern Division of the Midwest League with a 12-6 record, heading into the first off day of the season on Monday. The Captains return home to start a six-game series on Tuesday against the Burlington Bees at Classic Park.
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​POSTED 04/24/2016 23:51